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Manninen Philanthropy Video Transcript

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Art collector and entrepreneur Walter J. Manninen, and all of us at Endicott College,
invite you to visit and explore the Center for the Arts and become a part of our vibrant community. We are open to the public and offer top-notch performances, family-friendly programs, and museum-quality exhibits.

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0:00 - My name's Walter J. Manninen. 


0:03 I've been collecting art for over 40 years. 


0:06 I've always used museums as my inspiration 


0:09 for where I should go next for art. 


0:12 If you go to the Peabody Essex, on the main floor they'll have 


0:15 Marguerite Pearson, they'll have Leon Kroll. 


0:17 These are important artists that are also in our collection. 


0:22 If you go to the Cape Ann Museum, 


0:24 you'll have Theresa Bernstein, William Meyerowitz. 


0:28 You'll have Leon Kroll, you'll have Walker Hancock. 


0:32 We have the same... 


0:35 set of artists. 


0:37 The galleries have been built to museum standards, 


0:41 with lighting, security, et cetera. 


0:44 So, this allows Endicott, 


0:46 and we borrowed from major museums, 


0:49 it allows other institutions to be able to lend their art 


0:54 to programming at Endicott. 


0:56 Museums will not lend to institutions 


1:00 if they do not have the right museum-quality setting. 


1:06 Both by design, lighting, architecture, security, et cetera. 


1:10 And Endicott does. 


1:11 Endicott has the most beautiful setting of any... 


1:17 of the institutions along the Gold Coast, the Oil Coast. 


1:24 I've never been to an event 1:26at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts 


1:29 that wasn't top-notch in its presentation, in its offerings, 


1:33 and even the receptions that they have are extraordinary. 


1:37 You know, I would ask the question: 


1:39 what art opening have you ever been to 


1:43 where there are dancers doing the Charleston? 


1:47 Well, that would be at Endicott College. 


1:49 It was sort of a joke, they asked me what we should do 


1:52 for entertainment, and I said, "oh, bring in the dancers." 


1:55 It was a joke, but they followed through. 


1:57 It was extraordinary. It floored me. 


2:01 But, that's the multi-talented access 


2:05 that the school provides to the community. 


2:07 It's part of the college offering, 


2:10 it's part of the intellectual endeavors,


2:13 and the cultural endeavors of the College. 


2:15 Unlike a museum, how it has to support itself 


2:18 through admissions, et cetera. 


2:20 There's always something remarkable going on. 


2:23 The performances, they're either free, 


2:25 or it costs so little, 


2:27 that an entire family could go and enjoy. 


2:30 It's a beautiful theater. 


2:32 And, you know, it's just such a beautiful environment. 


2:35 Even if you just decide to go up and take a look 


2:38 at the expansive ocean views from the top of the center, 


2:42 it's all worthwhile. 


2:44 I'd like to encourage the public 


2:47 to go to this extraordinary center. 


2:51 Who knows? 


2:51 You might even see me there. 


2:52 I'm there a lot. 


2:54 But, there's always something going on. 


2:56 It's a fabulous, state-of-the-art center, 


2:59 open to the public. 


3:01 Some of the best shows and performances 3:04on the North Shore are held there. 


3:06 And it's a community, they'll welcome you with open arms. 


3:11 Please, see what's available at Endicott College.